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The Spiritual Quest: Transcendence in Myth, Religion, and Science
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0520211596, Paperback)The Spiritual Quest is scholar Robert Torrance's elaboration of his theory that the impulse to seek higher spiritual levels is intrinsic to human nature, and is even the defining component of humanity. Drawing on shamanic traditions around the world, he counters strict materialist notions of human nature with sophisticated arguments from anthropology, philosophy, and linguistics. Poet Gary Snyder calls it a "marvelous view."
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This treatise argues that the quest for the spirit is not a rare mystical experience, but a frequent expression of basic human impulses, rooted in our biological, psychological and social nature. It presents the quest in the myths and religious practices of tribal people throughout the world.
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